It's right around the corner! The SOS Holiday Party & Silent  Auction is Friday, December 6th from 6pm ~ Midnight!

Join us SOS2018EditsR1 219at the American Legion's historic Charles Johnson House on Lady Bird Lake, 404 Atlanta Street to celebrate another year of being blessed with beautiful Barton Springs and to reconnect with the Save Our Springs Community.  The party features everything local from food to music to our fabulous silent auction.  There is a $10 donation to SOS at the door but sponsors and silent auction donors get in free.  

To Sponsor the event please click here and to donate a silent auction go here

We look forward to seeing you, your friends and your family there! 




Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered, spoke up at a public meeting, sent an email, or signed a petition in support of saving our springs.  We are Polar Bear Splash 2018 S Pruitt 89blessed to have a community that cares about our work and protecting Barton Springs.  Thank you!! 

Check out these way fun photos from New Year's Day at Barton Springs.  The cold didn't bother folks enough to stay away - it was crowded all day and huge fun.  Winter swims at Barton Springs are the best all season long, so don't miss out on the very best of Austin in the days, weeks and months ahead.



In 1998 Austin voters approved $65 million in bonds for permanent protection of Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer watershed lands. It was the best money ever spent by City voters and ratepayers, protecting more than 15,000 acres forever, erasing thousands of homes of planned development and preventing tens of thousands of car trips per day of traffic from pouring on to clogged roadways in southwest Austin.  Now it's time to speak up for more City of Austin bonds to save more Barton Springs watershed lands before it's too late.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Nov.28, 29, 30) and the following Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 4 and 5) the City of Austin is hosting a series of public meetings around town to take public input on a bond package to be presented to voters in November 2018. See the details on locations and times of these meetings here.

Please attend one of these meetings and join us in asking that at least $100 million be proposed to voters for buying land and conservation easements in the Onion and Barton Creek watersheds. Also, please take a survey on the bond proposal here and join us in urging a top priority for buying park and watershed protection lands now, before it's too late.

The reality of the CodeNext mess finally set in.  Today City Staff announced that the 3rd draft of the comprehensive rewrite of the City's land development code would not be released on November 28th, but instead in mid-February.  City Council consideration of the now 1200 page "simplification" of the Land Development Code would be pushed well beyond the April deadline set by Mayor Adler and a majority of City Council. This is a welcomed step, but it comes with a bit of a bad taste.  Several City officials, including the Mayor, had attempted to paint neighborhood and environmental leaders arguing the draft code as too far gone to be cleaned up by April as out-of-touch obstructionists.    Now staff agrees.  It's unfortunate the City Council didn't take this step last month instead of adding another $2 million to the CodeNext consultant's contract, which had already ballooned from $2 million to $6 million.  Stay tuned - but enjoy the holidays knowing that the brakes have been applied to the CodeNext freight train.


smBarton Springs Institute PhilipRogers 71Barton Springs University held at Barton Springs on September 26th hosted over 800 high school students and a  few hundred more college students and others to day of learning from an incredible team of water, land, and environmental experts.   See photos  HERE

We thank all of our sponsors and partners (see below) and our amazing presenters, volunteers,and BSU participants!


City of Austin Parks & Recreation, Watershed Protection, Water Utility and Austin Resource ~ Recovery * University of Texas' Environmental Science Institute * Texas State University * Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District * U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service * Texas Parks & Wildlife * Save Barton Creek Association * Sierra Club * Texas Campaign for the Environment * Lone Star Sierra Club



Kirk Mitchell Environmental Law Fund | Texas Environmental Preservation Fund | Roger Worthington | Jenny Clark | Tracey Whitley /Roger Baker |  Barkley Houses | Meredith Dreiss | Dick Kallerman  | Barry George | Sheridan & Perry Lorenz | Brian Rodgers | Charles and Sylvia Zeller